In the wake of the overdose crisis, the province has opened a new on-demand addiction treatment clinic.
The new Downtown Eastside clinic is expected to receive 600 patients a year.
“This is a low-barrier clinic designed to serve some of the most vulnerable people in B.C., people who are ready to start opioid substitution treatments, like suboxone or methadone, will be able to start immediately,” says B.C. Health Minister Terry lake.
“Connections will also provide medically-supervised programs for people withdrawing from specific drugs or alcohol. It will provide same-day access to mental and emotional supports, including counselling, educational sessions, 12-step programs and referrals to outside services, and it will help connect people with save and supportive options.”
Support will also be available for those who need more time.
“Those people not quite ready to take those steps will get the care they need to support their health and well-being until they are ready.”
Last year 914 people died in B.C. from drug overdoses.